PORTLAND - Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Eldon "T" Jones & Touch: Let it Flow for Grover Washington Jr.on Friday, March 1, 2019.
More details from PDX Jazz (www.pdxjazz.com):
2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents
Eldon "T" Jones & N Touch:
Let it Flow for Grover Washington Jr.
featuring Gerald Veasley and Marcus Strickland + Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio
Friday, March 1
Revolution Hall | 7:30pm
$25.50 Tier 3 & 4, $35.50 Tier 1 & 2
“Great artists can play one note and you know it’s them. They are identifiable. It’s true of Miles, Coltrane, Santana, B.B. King, and it’s true of Grover Washington, Jr.” — Bassist Gerald Veasley
“Grover Washington has had a huge impact on me as a saxophonist and the sound of my band.” — Eldon “T” Jones of N Touch
Eldon Jones, a homegrown Oregonian, first heard Grover Washington Jr. as a young teenager and was immediately drawn in by his soulful sound. Wilton Felder and Kirk Whalum also made a deep impression on the young and inspired saxophonist, who studied at Thomas Jefferson Performing Arts High School. There he won awards in classical and jazz, and went on to study at Mt. Hood Community College. In 1995 Eldon started N Touch, recording their debut album in 2001. In 2015 Eldon contributed the song “Love Will Find a Way" to the Bespeak Love collaboration which reached the top 10 UK soul charts.
Eldon values his role as a mentor and has provided a training ground for outstanding musicians including his brother Anthony Jones (Pink Martini), as well as Chris Turner (Prince), Darius Fentress (Fred Hammond), and pianist Patrick Cooper.
Eldon continues to play in church and can be found performing at community events such as the Oregon Symphony’s Gospel Christmas, Good N the Hood, the plays Who I Am Celebrating Me and Vanport the Musical, events supporting Stomp Out Abuse, Self Enhancement, Inc. and Black Parent Initiative, and World Arts Foundation, Inc.’s annual MLK Tribute where in 2017 Jones received a lifetime achievement award recognizing his music as a blessing to the community.
Eldon “T” Jones & N Touch have appeared on the nationally televised BET Jazz with saxophonist and host Mike Phillips. Eldon has performed with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer Yolanda Adams, legendary jazz bassist Leroy Vinegar, the “Godfather of Portland Jazz” Mel Brown, singer/songwriter Morris Chapman, trumpeter Farnell Newton, saxophonists Najee, Darren Rahn, and David Pack from Ambrosia, and pianists Ben Tankard and Darrell Grant. He has opened for Earth, Wind, & Fire and Tower of Power.
December 12, 2018 would have been Grover Washington Jr’s 75th birthday. He was one of the most selfless individuals I've ever worked with in my 30 years as a jazz publicist, and with his longtime manager Paul Silverthorn, we collaborated on his last few albums in late ’90s for Columbia Records. His sound was instantly recognizable as was his grace and elegance on and off the bandstand. As a Philadelphia resident from 1991, I had the unique perspective to experience him in his beloved adopted hometown. His impact was heartwarmingly felt when he would often play the national anthem at the 76ers games, reaching a crescendo during the team’s ’83 quest for the world championship. That remarkable team which included Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Moses Malone, Maurice “Mo” Cheeks and coached by Billy Cunningham, immortalized Grover with the players as well as his dear friend Lloyd “World B” Free whom he wrote the classic tune, “Let it Flow,” for.
Our 2019 PDX Jazz Festival tribute concerts for Grover and Michael Brecker are part of our Philly Special closing weekend headline performances which also feature Philadelphia bass legend Stanley Clarke. I am appreciative that longtime industry colleagues Gil Goldstein, Marcus Strickland and Gerald Veasley are participating.
Don Lucoff – Artistic Director PDX Jazz
2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents
Remembering Michael Brecker
with Guest Soloists Eli Degibri, Maria Grand, Chris Potter and Marcus Strickland
+ Chris Potter Circuits Trio with Eric Harland & James Francies
Saturday, March 2
Revolution Hall | 7:30pm
$59.50 Tier 1, $49.50 Tier 2, $39.50 Tier 3 & 4
“Following a Michael Brecker solo is like nothing else that I have ever experienced, and very few musicians on any instrument can do it. It’s because he’s deep! By the time he gets done with an audience, people are standing on their chairs screaming. He gets to people under their skin, and that’s what makes him heavy.” – Pat Metheny (DownBeat Magazine)
2019 will mark what would have been Michael Brecker’s 70th birthday. The late saxophonist is among the most inspiring and often imitated saxophonists in the last three decades of jazz, and one who often investigated and revitalized the music’s legacy in a fresh manner that propelled it into a constant state of expansion.
Wide Angles, conceived in 2002 in support of a U.K. Arts Council tour, served as the catalyst for Brecker’s most ambitious and emotionally-charged recording the following year. The album resulted in a large ensemble of brass, woodwind, and string players, and was recorded as an extended ten-song saxophone concerto, orchestrated and arranged by Gil Goldstein. Until then, Brecker had never led an orchestra and had rarely framed his sound with a large ensemble. In its weight, authority, daring, and panoramic scope, it also makes clear that Brecker was one of the foremost composers in jazz of his generation.
Collaborating with Goldstein, Brecker enthused, “Gil created the arrangements underneath the solos and expanded the orchestrations, and he was very meticulous about staying loyal to my original ideas and re-orchestrating them. He also beautifully arranged and orchestrated three of the tunes from the ground up.”
Wide Angles, under the musical direction of Gil Goldstein, will be performed live for the first time in Portland as part of the Philly Special festival program on closing weekend. John Nastos has assembled the brass ensemble and string quartet for this PDX Jazz Exclusive special occasion. Guest saxophonists include Eli Degibri, Maria Grand and Marcus Strickland. Degibri, a native of Tel Aviv who serves as the Artistic Director for the Red Sea Festival where Brecker often performed, recently initiated the first International Saxophone Competition in Brecker’s name.